HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS


The Health Information Systems major is shared between the departments of Business, Economics, Health, and Computer Science. This program is designed to develop skills and a knowledge base that will allow students to pursue careers in the health and information technology, including informatics, both here in Maine and elsewhere. The focus of the concentration is to develop specific competencies, knowledge and business, programming and computer skills that will facilitate career progression in health information systems sector, including the State Government, State Agencies and the Private sector. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Health Information Systems at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in one of the following courses:
    • COS 140 Introduction to Computer Science
    • HEA 123 Introduction to Community Health
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Computer Club or Health Club).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

Can I minor in Health Information Systems? Are there related majors at UMF?

UMF has a minor in Computer Science, Community Health, Business Economics, and many other choices.  Click here for more information. Majors related to Health Information Systems include Business Economics, Community Health, and Computer Science.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Graduates have obtained positions as an Assistant Billing Manager at Massachusetts General Hospital, Project Coordinator at Maine Health, Population Health Specialist, and Software Integration Coordinator at OrderLogix.

This academic offering is ideal for those who want to work for state or local public health agencies, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, international health agencies, federal health programs, healthcare providers, or work as IT professionals in jobs such as: Project Manager, Information Systems Analyst, Clinical Informaticist, Clinical Application Manager, Information Systems Trainer Programmer / Analyst, Chief Information Officer, and others.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Medical Records Technician, Health Educator, Occupational Health & Safety Technician, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major: Dr. Gail Lange, Brinkman House, lange@maine.edu, 207-778-7391.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).


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